Ride a train through the abandoned mining town of Scorpion Valley…
|Theme Park||Chessington World of Adventures|
|Opened||2014 (replaced Runaway Train)|
Having served for many years as Runaway Train, in 2014 Chessington re-themed and re-launched their powered mine train coaster as Scorpion Express.
The ride is set in an abandoned mining town which, following an explosion in the gold mine, has been overrun by scorpions. Before leaving, the locals built a large mechanical scorpion to guard their gold against thieves and looters.
You what? Yeah, not sure…
Obviously a lot of work was put into the animatronic scorpion which acts as the centrepiece of the new theme, but aside from that Scorpion Express feels like a cheap lazy job. Much of the rest of the theming is simple two-dimensional cut outs representing the town buildings. The ride is completely out in the open – a far cry from the previous rockwork and caves the train used to race through.
Unfortunately, Scorpion Express is a pretty ordinary ride. By and large, the standard layout Mack powered coasters are nothing fancy, but Chessington’s amazing accomplishments with the old Runaway Train put the average-ness of Scorpion Express into even sharper focus.
Scorpion Express ride entrance
Around the curve
Circling the old mine equipment
Front of the train
Helix over the queueline
Chessington's old Runaway Train closed in 2012 and was re-themed and converted into Scorpion Express over the 2013 season, with the new ride launching in 2014.
Conversion well underway
With the rockwork removed, the fields behind became visible
The entrance bridge and station platform stripped back
Work underway on the track
A panoramic view of the construction site